As a free-standing, life-size nude - the first of the post-classical age - Donatello's bronze David is undoubtedly one of the most important sculptures of the Italian Early Renaissance. No matter from which side one approaches the work, one always sees a figure of extremely harmonious grace and almost playful lightness. Androgynous sensuality, pervading the whole figure, eclipses recollection of the recent battle with Goliath, upon whose severed head David has placed his foot. David's gaze, directed downwards, seems lost in thought and almost gentle. As Vasari remarked, Donatello appears to have based the figure less on the repertoire of forms in sculptural models than on a visualisation of a living body.
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I really enjoy Donatello's David. It helps us to imagine him as a young youthful boy who fights against giant Goliath and wins. When you think of the scene from the bible you would almost picture David as big, strong and muscular, but Donatello gives you a different image to think about. Most of the David's it seems are big and muscular showing every curve of muscle, but Donatello stepped outside the box on this one.
David by Donatello – Facts & History of the Sculpture
BH: Yes, and of course, Michelangelo's marble sculpture WAS a public sculpture—it was meant to go in a niche high up in one of the buttresses of the Cathedral of Florence, commissioned by the Office of Works for the Cathedral. We don't know who commissioned Donatello's David, but we do know that it was seen in the courtyard of the Medici Palace in Florence, a much more private and intimate setting.
Donatello's bronze “David” broke all the rules
The similar structures at first glance when comparing Donatello's David with Michelangelo's David are deconstructed upon further review. The early and high Renaissance styles are exemplified in these two pieces and reveal deeper details of their artists and influences on each work. This work is a combination of discussions from Heather Smith and I regarding the statues of David.Name: Eric
Comments: The statue by donatello is a different way to present david, donatello made david look more feminine. David doesnt look mascline, and he looks more like a woman.Name: Janette Stidham
Comments: David is portrayed as a much younger character in this sculpture. He is boyish, physically, with his still girlish physique and mentally with his grin. He is presenting the head in pride, but not with errogance. This sculpture seems to be more Biblically accurate than Donatello's David. However, I don't think this is the image he portrayed after the killing. Donatello's David is younger and more androgenous looking. He looks perfect and in the style of the Renaissance ideal (perfect in harmony). However, maybe Donatello depicted his David younger to show that only in youth does man still resemble the creature God intended. Because, when David killed the Goliath...he was YOUNG and one with GOD...David eventually became King David. As he grew older, he took his own fate into his hands and lusted after Bathsheba. He saw her bathing one day and committed the sin of lust...she became pregnant with Solomon. Maybe Donatello is showing that David has his whole life ahead of him and is beautifying the potential of who he will become.